Exercise with Friends Nordic Walking Club offers taster sessions, Learn to Nordic Walk courses, and regular classes on beautiful Hampstead Heath.
Exercise with Friends Nordic Walking Club is run by Martin Christie. Martin brought Nordic walking into the UK in 2003, founded Nordic Walking UK nationally and has trained over 3000 instructors. Exercise with Friends aims to be the exemplar Nordic Walking UK club, offering a range of day, evening and weekend group and private Nordic walking classes for all abilities.
The Exercise with Friends’ instructor team specialises in specific areas of health and fitness, whether that’s providing the best support and instruction for those with medical conditions or challenging the fittest clients with our Workout Walks or Speedhyking events. Significantly, class sizes are kept small enough so you receive individual attention in every session (ensuring you exercise at the level that’s just right for you) yet large enough to get all the social benefits of exercising – talking and walking is very much part of the activity!
Our aim is that you be encouraged to work slightly harder than you would if on your own, that you are motivated by your instructor and also by the other members with you, and the beautiful surroundings. In short, we want you to actively look forward to coming to your Nordic walking classes, miss them when you’re away and to feel the physical, mental and social benefits in every session so that you get the results you want.
Come and join us to try it out for yourself!
Martin launched Nordic walking in the UK in 2003, formed the national organisation Nordic Walking UK and has personally trained over 3000 Nordic Walking UK instructors. With the Nordic Walking UK team, Martin continues to develop new Nordic walking programmes and oversees the standards of instructor training across the organisation.
Martin owns, manages and delivers classes for Exercise with Friends. He has surrounded himself with a fantastic team of instructors and aims for Exercise with Friends to be the premier Nordic walking club in the country.
Izzy has been instructing at Exercise with Friends for over five years. She has a passion for health and fitness and loves to give clients the experience of exercising in a fun and social environment. Formerly a gymnast, now a runner, she became hooked on Nordic walking after seeing what a great full body workout it could provide, whilst being low impact and using the body’s natural movements.
Izzy is an advocate of interval training as a fast and effective way to build fitness and she makes use of these techniques in her group classes. In one-to-one sessions, she is able to deliver more individualised programmes, specifically tailored to the fitness goals and needs of the client. Behind the scenes, Izzy is involved in organising Nordic walking courses and in client care.
As well as teaching Nordic walking, Izzy is also a freelance personal trainer and Indian head massage therapist. She recently completed a Masters in nutrition, graduating with distinction.
Diana was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but has lived in London since 1982. She started Nordic Walking as a substitute for running in April 2011 and fell in love with it. She could immediately see that Nordic Walking offers huge benefits for people who are less fit due to injury, illness, lack of exercise or lack of confidence, and decided to become an instructor. She wanted further training and completed the next level of instructing that also enables her to work with people who are referred by their doctors for a variety of problems including high blood pressure, back pain, diabetes and joint replacement. She also teaches workout classes for those who want a more challenging session.
Lagle has a passion for sports and fitness – she loves coaching and most of all loves seeing others discover the same passion for a fit, healthy lifestyle. Her aim is to help people find confidence, strength and happiness within themselves and this is what inspired her to become a Nordic Walking UK Instructor. She has always led an active lifestyle, including skiing and running at a competitive level, these factors contributing to her passion, knowledge and respect for exercise and healthy living. Combine this with her light-hearted attitude to life and good humour, and you’ll have a fun and effective class!